DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- During the 2010 Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola, Daytona International Speedway will have the distinction of hosting the first race with the new car for the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) announced last week its plans for the introduction of the new car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the first race will take place at Daytona International Speedway in the Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola on Friday night, July 2, 2010.

The new car will compete in four points races during the 2010 season beginning at Daytona International Speedway on July 2 followed by the Aug. 14 event at Michigan International Speedway, the Sept. 10 race at Richmond International Raceway and at Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Oct. 15. Full integration of the new car into the NASCAR Nationwide schedule is targeted for the 2011 season.

The 2010 roll-out schedule follows a meeting in late July with series team owners and crew chiefs with NASCAR officials at the Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C.

“There was a lot of good dialogue shared with the teams during that meeting,” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR’s vice president of competition. “We’ve taken the time to review the information that was shared in the meeting and develop a schedule that we believe will provide the teams with the best possible opportunity to prepare for the rollout of the new car.

“This four-race schedule gives the teams experience on a wide variety of ovals, in addition to a superspeedway.”

“This is another major step as we continue to give the series a unique look and enhance the competitive racing we already have on the track,” said Joe Balash, NASCAR Nationwide Series director.

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